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I have officially sold out, by enabling adverts on I think I have made them quite subtle by using the same color scheme as the site and fitting them in to existing column sizes. There is a fine line between collecting some revenue to pay for expenses and scaring away the people that provide the content, so I would be interested in hearing peoples opinion on adverts in general.

I just came across a site that is remarkably similar in concept to, called I don't think it existed when I started work on my site. Like, they have dual columns for arguments and voting, but it is more competitive than my debating concept, which about arguing purely for the hell of it. They also have a slicker looking design, obviously created by a real web designer rather than a coder working on it in his living room. Oh well. I guess competition isn't necessarily a bad thing!

I promised to write up a report on my experiences building with Python and the TurboGears framework. An earlier post explains the concept of the site, and what it is intended for. continue reading…

You find yourself in a dark cellar with some other frightened people taking refuge from an outbreak of zombies which roam the land around the house, but as far as you know haven't made it inside. There are enough supplies and water to survive in the cellar for a few days, if you need to. Naturally you don't want to either die from thirst or from being eaten alive by hoards of the undead.

Millions may have died over idealism and religion, but there is one issue so contentious that it splits families down the middle and turns spouses against each other. Neither side seems capable of changing their opinion and there is no compromise. It has to be one way or another.

This is our chance, people, to settle this—once and for all.

I had a marvelous idea for a website that combines fairly traditional elements from web applications like bulletin boards with elements from Web2.0 sites. I mulled it over for a while, and explained it to a few people—who seemed to like the idea.

The idea is for what I call recreational debating, i.e arguing for the hell of it. A debate consists of a topic of discussion that has two clearly opposing sides, represented by two columns were users can post their arguments. Users can comment on these arguments and also rate them on a scale between -2 and +2, a scheme that Pythonistas will be familiar with. Arguments are ranked according to votes given, so the best argument for each side will naturally rise to the top. continue reading…

It is the year 2112. Telepods have been in use for a decade to instantly transport matter from one part of the universe to another. You are waiting in line with your family at a telepod station to go to Tau Ceti. In front of you in the queue you meet the inventor of the telepods. He tells you that the telepods only appear to move matter, what they actualy do is create an exact duplicate at the destination and destroy the original in the process.